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Annuity row? Is that a rediscovered classic by John Steinbeck? Sadly no. It’s an argument kicked-off by pensions minister Steve Webb who this week published proposals for reform of the annuity market which are now being considered by the Government.

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George Osborne said in June that the savings from delaying the state pension age were 'absolutely enormous'

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My report last week about 92-year ex-army veteran Vic Williams prompted a lot of response from readers. To remind you, Vic made a video for David Cameron - you'll find it here bit.ly/1d1mQ3t. In it he raises the issue of the pensions injustice that leaves almost half of our British pensioners who live abroad facing a frozen state pension while the rest get annual increases as if they still remained in this country.

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